By MAGGIE MENDERSKI
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
A family tragedy has made working difficult for Lisa and Peter.
Lisa and Peter, not their real names, and their two boys are Case No. 35 in the Good News of Christmas campaign. They are one of 47 families in Western Illinois and Northeast Missouri who will receive support from the 24th annual campaign.
Due to a series of seizures, Peter had to stop working. The family discovered in July Peter actually had Stage 3 brain cancer. The tumors were removed, but he must take many medications and travel out of town for treatments and checkups.
Lisa has been employed at a small company for the past five years, but her hours were cut to part time due to the struggling economy. Since Peter's illness, Lisa's income has had to sustain the family. The couple has striven to pay all bills.
The family does not use credit cards but has taken out loans in emergencies to pay for medical bills and reasonable expenses. The three small loans total a little more than $1,500. Lisa recently found full-time work with a stable company, but the family still struggles to meet payments.
For Christmas, they've requested two child dressers and two twin-size beds with twin size sheets and comforters. One child has requested Spider-Man or another other superhero for the bedding, and the other child has asked for Spongebob or the Avengers. Lisa and Peter would like a queen-size comforter and sheet set. The family also would like four new pillows.
For the kitchen, the family has asked for a new dishwasher, new dishes and cookware such as frying pans and a stock pot.
Lisa and Peter's oldest son has asked for a Playstation 3 with controllers and games that are age appropriate and nonviolent. He also wishes for Bay Blades toys, a youth bike and a soccer ball. He also needs new pants and long sleeve shirts. He is due for new pajamas and underwear. He hopes for new tennis shoes and slippers.
The youngest son has asked for Scooby Doo toys, Spongebob toys, Bay Blades toys and a bicycle with training wheels. He also needs new clothing -- pants, long sleeve shirts, pajamas, slippers and tennis shoes.
Peter has requested a new pair of jeans size, tagless boxer briefs , white socks and new white tennis shoes.
Lisa has asked for scrubs for work and tennis shoes. She's also requested a gift card.
Drop boxes for the Good News of Christmas can be found at the The Quincy Herald-Whig, Kmart, Shopko, Wal-Mart, the Quincy Mall customer service desk near Krieger's, and outside Bergner's, JC Penney, Sam's Club and Farm & Home Supply.
More information about how to help the campaign is available by calling Dustin Hall or Nathan Daly at 506-1783.